How positive thinking turned my life around

Low self esteem sucks. Feeling down on yourself the whole time and having that negative voice in your head pointing out all the bad things about you takes its toll. My negative voice tells me all kinds of “home truths”. It tells it like it is and is brutally honest. Whenever I tell someone else what this negative voice is saying they usually give me a whole list of reasons why it’s lying to me. Over the years I’ve worked to silence that negative voice. How? Through positive thinking and positive talk. Here’s how I did it.

A wise old man once sat me down and gave me a talking to. I needed to stop listening to the lies my negative voice told me and I need to drown it out with positivity. Every morning before the day got started I was to write down three positive things about me and my life. It could be about anything, including little wins I’d had in the previous 24 hours. Slowly this started to work. Slowly I stopped absolutely hating everything about me and my life and slowly I began to see positive things and make positive changes.

Positive thinking

In the spirit of sharing, I’ve decided to write down ten things which are good about me. A little bit of positive thinking never did anyone any harm, and for me forms part of my daily self care routine. Focus on the positives and less on what I think is bad. How’s that for real positive thinking?

♥     I am funny and quite quick witted.
♥     I’m creative and can think on my feet.
♥     I am a good mum. No, I’m a brilliant mum.
♥     I’m a good friend.
♥     I am very caring, I love to take care of people.
♥     I have nice, dark, soulful eyes.
♥     I’m honest and open.
♥     I have decent legs.
♥     I’m brave and stronger than I give myself credit for.
♥     I know I can and will survive what life throws at me.

It’s not all positivity. I could write a list of negatives more than twice the length of this little list, but I wont, because who wants and actual list of everything they think or imagine is wrong with them?

Positive thinking has changed my life. What I do can’t work for everyone, but it can’t hurt either. I know that drowning out my negative voice has helped me to step away from antidepressant medication (under supervision).

Positive thinking has helped me see more good in my life than ever before. I don’t skip through life carefree and bursting with positivity, but there is more of a balance between the good and the bad. If I find myself slipping, I just turn to my notebook of positive things and good memories and I’m reminded that I am ok. That I am worthy and I am valued and valuable.

Read more about how my low self esteem effects me here.

How positive thinking turned my life around

7 responses to “How positive thinking turned my life around

  1. lovely. i love a bit of positivity 😉 have to disagree with you on 2 points tho, you are a BRILLIANT mum and a WONDERFUL friend imo x

  2. ElizabethElizabeth

    I’m plagued with low self esteem too. Despite all the positive feedback I get I am my own worst critic! I should do a positive list too. Hope you have a lovely day! 🙂

  3. unprepared mother

    What a great idea, I too suffer from a severe lack of positivity mentally, much as I try to be positive on the outside I am my own worst critic giving myself an internal bashing far too often. I think perhaps I should take a positive page out of your book (…blog…)

  4. What a good exercise to do. We sometimes sell ourselves way too short and forget the positive things about ourselves.

  5. This really touched a chord with me and reminded me that I need to do the positive check list more. I was doing it all the time during the depressive episode just gone yet never believed it, and now it’s lifted I’m not bothering. silly me.

  6. I wish I can tell how much this helps me. Thank you. #MBPW

  7. Great idea! Glad it helps you to write it down too x

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